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    The definite article

    Hello, today I would like to find out about the definite article "the". My grammar book enterprise says that "the" is used before names of rivers etc...So, I went to google typed "The Nemunas" and google found lots of examples, but when I opened not one web site and web sites don't use "the" article. What's the problem? Here is one internet page where I could't find "the" article Nemunas | Travel Lithuania . By the way "The Nemunas" is the biggest river in Lithuania :) Please explain me.

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    Re: The definite article

    There are exceptions to every rule. Most lakes don't have "the" but "The Great Salt Lake" does.

    Perhpas this is one of the examples of an exception. The Wikipedia article on the river uses "the."

    Note: "Please explain this to me," or "Please explain this" or even "Please exlain," but not ''Please explain me."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    Hello, today I would like to find out about the definite article "the". My grammar book enterprise says that "the" is used before names of rivers etc...So, I went to google typed "The Nemunas" and google found lots of examples, but when I opened not one web site and web sites don't use "the" article. What's the problem? Here is one internet page where I could't find "the" article Nemunas | Travel Lithuania . By the way "The Nemunas" is the biggest river in Lithuania :) Please explain me.
    First, I suspect that the piece was written by a native Lithuanian whose language does not include definite nor indefinite articles and therefore the rules that apply (e.g. with names of rivers), although there are uses of the articles throughout, but not for the river. Second, I noticed in the reference you provided that there is an opportunity to provide comments. Perhaps you could submit you query to the author.

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    Re: The definite article

    Thanks for correction, but as a native speaker please explain me what should I do? If I use "the" article every time with "rivers etc..." Will it be correct? (I think that the articles are the hardest thing in English language, because lots of people don't use them, but I want to know everything about them and write essays or letters correctly like native English speaker)

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    Re: The definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    Thanks for the correction, but as a native speaker, please explain me what should I do? If I use "the" article every time with "rivers etc..." Will it be correct?
    Yes. In the main standard varieties of English, native speakers use 'the' before the names of rivers.

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    Re: The definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    Thanks for correction, but as a native speaker please explain me what should I do? If I use "the" article every time with "rivers etc..." Will it be correct? (I think that the articles are the hardest thing in English language, because lots of people don't use them, but I want to know everything about them and write essays or letters correctly like native English speaker)
    Did you read Barb's earlier post in which she wrote: "
    Note: "Please explain this to me," or "Please explain this" or even "Please exlain," but not ''Please explain me."

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    Re: The definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Did you read Barb's earlier post in which she wrote: "
    Note: "Please explain this to me," or "Please explain this" or even "Please exlain," but not ''Please explain me."
    YES I DID! I will write it down! :)

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    Re: The definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    First, I suspect that the piece was written by a native Lithuanian whose language does not include definite nor indefinite articles
    It's certainly not a native speaker.

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